:-hI'm new to Catster and a 1st time poster. This looks like a fun place. I love the retro look of the site. Well today I take my cat Polo off to the groomer for a Lion cut which as I'm sure most of you know, is basically shaving him down to the skin. I'm really nervous about it because he never leaves the house unless to the vet and that is never a pleasant experience. His matts have gotten so bad where I can't get them out myself because they are so close to his skin. I spoke with the groomer and they have a few people on staff and told me that they also have had enough experience with this issue and have never injured an animal. But if the cat is too uncontrollable, they will call me to pick him up or last resort is we can have a vet sedate him. I'm really hoping it does not come to that. Polo is a Ragdoll and not aggressive in the least but he will struggle a whole lot. I guess I'm feeling a bit guilty that his coat is in this condition in the first place but in his 5 yrs this is the worst it's gotten. If they are successful in grooming him, I think he'll be much more comfortable this summer and maybe not hack up quite so many furrballs! I will post an 'after' picture later today...that is if there is an after picture.